Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Storybook Christmas with Windham Fabrics and Fabric Giveaway!

This is Christmas in July a few days into August! But that's the day I was assigned and it gave me a few extra days to finish my project!

Storybook Christmas is a delightful collection by Windham that continues their theme: Storybook Vacation, Storybook Playtime, Storybook Americana, now Storybook Christmas.

Stay with me to the end and you can find out how you might win a fat quarter bundle of these!

The fabrics again:
Storybook Christmas by Windham Fabrics
I love the challenge of working with fat quarters. You certainly can't make a king sized quilt with them and my philosophy is that I sew until I run out of fabric.

I'm still in my hexagon phase. After all, Turning 60 means The Joys of Hex! I began by cutting a 5-1/2" x 22" strip from all the red and green fabrics. I had an idea in mind that uses 16 hexagons and I only had to repeat a color once.

Storybook Christmas Hexagons
Did I use a template? Of course not! I used a multi-sized 60 degree ruler. I bet 90% of you reading this have one of those in your quilting supplies. I'll wait while you run to check.

Are you back? Good. Here's what I did:

1. Fold a 5-1/2" x 22" strip in half lengthwise. Place the fold at the bottom and the two raw edges at the top as shown.

2. Place your ruler (mine is a Creative Grids ruler) with the 2-1/2" horizontal line at the top. Now where did I get that number from? HERE IS THE MAGIC; PAY ATTENTION NOW!

My strip is 5-1/2", which means that my hexagons will finish to a 5" height (from flat side to opposing flat side). Half of 5" (finished) is 2-1/2". The bottom line will read 5-1/4", but it's the top line that is important.

3. Slice along the two sides of the ruler as shown.

5-1/2" strip folded along length
 4. Open up your fabric and you have a PERFECT hexagon!

Perfect hexagon
5. Those of you who English Paper Piece, this is NOT the way you measure. But it's the way we measure for rotary cutting hexagons with "normal" sized patches for machine stitching.

I was able to get 3 hexagons from each of the 22" strips. Why didn't I choose to cut along the other length? (the 18", remember these are fat quarters). Because I did a little measuring and found that I could only get 2 hexagons from that cut; I got 3 by using the 22" width.

This works for any size. Try it. I always like to experiment with construction paper first when in doubt. Even plain old computer paper will work. Fold the hexagon back and forth diagonally, horizontally, vertically - and when all sides line up no matter how its folded, you've got a perfect hexagon.

Remember, add the 1/2" for seams (1/4" on each side). Fold fabric in half as shown. Find the horizontal number that equals HALF OF THE FINISHED SIZE of the hexagon. Align that with the cut fabric edges. Then cut!

I cut 3" strips from one of the light prints. 3" will finish to 2-1/2", and that's the size triangle I need for this project.

Cutting triangles from 3" strips
Now to put things together. I needed 16 hexagons and 32 triangles. Here is my first hexagon, which will be the top of my table runner.
Adding Triangles
And I keep adding triangles to the hexagons, building out. One hexagon in top row; two hexagons in second row; 3 hexagons in the third row:

Building my table runner with hexagons and triangles

Notice how the triangles are added. Notice that I built HORIZONTAL rows. There are NO SET IN SEAMS; seams are sewn in diagonals.

Horizontal rows
And how does it look all together?

Hexagon Table Runner: 24" x 48"

Would you like a simple schematic so you can try your hand at this? You can see clearly how the triangles are added to each hexagon in the rows.

Here are 3 files that should give you all you need (plus saving this tutorial!)
Sewing the horizontal rows

Putting it all together

To be considered eligible to win a fat quarter bundle of Storybook Christmas, leave me a comment below and tell me what you liked about this post. This contest is only open to US residents (Windham is sending out the fabrics and this is their contest!)

The giveaway is over on Friday August 5th at midnight. Take a hop over to the Windham Facebook page to see the other blog posters in this contest. You can enter to win fabrics from them, too!

Windham's Facebook list of bloggers
One more thing: I was sent the soft book panels for this collection, but I didn't want to make a soft book. So, I cut the panels apart and am planning something cool for my little granddaughter. I'm almost finished, but not in time for this post. I'll share this real soon!
Softbook panels split in half, getting ready to add framing fabrics

92 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to seeing what you are making w/ the panels!! Thank you for the clever and cute pattern for the tablerunner!!

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  2. As always, Debby, I liked how specific and helpful your instructions are. When I make one of your projects I never find myself stranded, wondering what you meant by something in your directions. Thanks for always thinking things through from the point of view of the reader/quilter on the other side of the screen/page.

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  3. This is a great idea. The hexagon Christmas tabletopper. I Like it very much and I will make this.

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  4. What I liked most was learning how to make any sized Hoxie with the 60 degree ruler. Thank you for giving the math behind it.

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  5. You have a great way of explaining how to construct your blocks. I'm looking forward to seeing your creative ideas for those book panels.

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  6. Love the explanation and pictures about cutting hexagons.

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  7. Love the explanation and pictures about cutting hexagons.

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  8. Wow, what a magical mind you have with your math background. Thanks for the simple and clear directions to making hexagons and putting them together.

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  9. I luv the example of using the multi-sized 60 degree ruler... YES! I have one! Thank you.

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  10. I haven't tried hexies yet but your instructions make me want to try them. They are cute!

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  11. Awesome! I would n e v e r have figured how to use that 60-degree ruler like that ... You are so smart!!! [lynnstck@yahoo(dot)com]

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  12. I just love the fabric in this collection especially the candy canes. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with the book panels - I have a great niece on the way and need some new ideas. Thanks for sharing how to easily make hexis with the 60 degree ruler - that rocks!

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  13. I like everything about this post . . .the fabric, the cutting lesson, the project.
    fdemmert at windstream dot net

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  14. You gave a really nice tutorial. Simplified the hexie process. Thanks.

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  15. First of all, I loved that it was hexie rich! I love hexies. Besides being clever, it included a few good tips! XO

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  16. I love Christmas Fabrics. These are a must have. The Table runner is wonderful. As soon as my arm is out of this cast, I will be making it. But for now, I just sit and watch others. :(

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  17. How great to be able to cut any size hexie without a special ruler! Thanks for the info, and I just might try making that runner.

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  18. What a great project!! I LOVE the fabrics- there is so much variety and they are SO CUTE!!! Your directions are excellent! Thanks for the pictures AND the math explanation. This project is a winner-- easy to make and a great gift idea for many friends and family. I'm on it!! Mariah

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  19. Great directions for the sized hexie. This looks easy to complete and would make a great gift. Thanks
    Karen fkmsc@comcast.net

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  20. Nice tips on cutting hexagons!

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  21. I love the pattern, and how there are no set in seams!

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  22. Hi, Debby,
    The fabrics are cheerful, the hex-diamond design will be fun, the tutorial is great, and the math explanation is even simpler than I expected!! The best part is seeing how easily I can cut a hexagon my triangle ruler. I had tried lining up the bottom line and flipping the triangle on a single layer but couldn't keep it consistent. The fold makes so much more sense .. and fewer cuts. Thanks as always for sharing. (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com).

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  23. Great tip on using 60 degree ruler

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  24. Love how you used a 60 degree ruler to make the Hex. You make putting the table runner together look so easy.
    Barb

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  25. You clearly made the process of cutting hexies so simple with no "special ruler" required ! That little trick will go right into my memory bank of quilting savvy. Thank you for removing the fear of cutting hexies and corresponding triangles.

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  26. What a great use of fat quarters, using so much of them! I often hack them up and I know there is a lot of waste. I love the finished runner and LOVE the way you cut the hexies -- so simple that even I (think I) can do it! Thanks! :)

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  27. Hexies and Christmas fabrics are a perfect combination. Thanks for the tutorial, I know I have a 60 degree ruler somewhere.

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  28. The fabric is so cute. Love the hex cutting tip. Will be using that ! I am making a quilt for first great grand daughter using that soft book panel. Those fat quarters would come in handy drhodes9@cox.net

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  29. I still have quilt items in boxes so not sure if I have the 60 degree ruler. Great way to make hexagons. Really like the table runner.

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  30. Interesting way to do the hexies. Will be waiting to see what you do with the story books as I have a few of these in my stash!!!

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  31. I love your tip on cutting hexies. I don't think I have that ruler, but I may have to get it. I love how you put them together. Thanks!

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  32. What I enjoyed the most about this post is the details. On all of your tutorials you give the details that really helps. Thank you so much.

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  33. Super fabric for little people! But the part of the your post I most enjoyed isI is the 60 degree tutorial to make a hexagon. And yes, I do have that ruler.
    Great instructions.

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  34. Oh, I love your table runner. Nice! Thanks for the tutorial on making the hexies. Thanks for the giveaway as well.

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  35. this is so cool. I love how easy you made it sound. I have not made hexagons yet. This sounds simple enough even I could do it. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. I love the Hexagon Table Runner - the fun shape is too cute

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  37. Easy way to make hexies. Thanks for the tip.

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  38. I just LOVED this tute. I had been thinking of buying yet another rulter, a half hexi, but now I can just save my money, and have one less thing to store!!! I love the fabrics also, they remind me of Christmas when I was a kid. Haven't seen any in stores around me yet, but am on the lookout!

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  39. You are so smart! I would have never thought about cutting hexies that way!

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  40. I really liked your pattern, and the way you put it together!

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  41. What a super tutorial. The table runner is festive and creative. I am going to use your cutting method immediatrly. Those fabrics are a delightfully old-fashioned collection. I sew all the time with my 30s and vintage prints. Thank you!

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  42. I love the clear instructions and the overall diamond shape for a table runner.

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  43. i love your easy way to cut hexies.

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  44. I like the uniqueness of the project you made.

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  45. Debbie, I liked the way that you made this project your own and also the unique and delightful way that you encourage us to try it for ourselves. Your project is adorable and I will be making one or two today! Thank you so much for sharing and for the great chance to win these pretty fabrics to create more Christmas projects! Have a fantastic creative day!

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  46. I love the shape of the runner you made, very unique! I really like your method of making any size hexagon. I can't wait to try this!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  47. I liked the way you show different uses for some of my regular rulers. Plus, I like the tutorial for the table topper. Thanks!

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  48. Love the fabric and the clear and short directions. Your ideas rock :-)))
    Thanks for the chance.

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  49. Showing how to use a 60 degree ruler(which I have) and not have to use a template. Thanks!

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  50. This is a great idea. The hexagon Christmas tabletopper. I Like it very much and I will make this.

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  51. Thank you for this detailed tutorial. I especially like the schematic diagrams plus demonstration of use of 60 degree ruler.

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  52. Very clever way to cut the hexies--I do have a ruler-lol! The fabrics are adorable!

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  53. very nice looking table topper, really love those Christmas fabrics

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  54. No set in seams!! Yay! I'll be saving this :)
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  55. It looks like fun. I like the no y seams and it would make a fun Xmas tree as well.

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  56. I haven't made much with hexagons, however, your clear instructions make me think that I should indeed start yet another project. Thanks for the wonderful post. Diane O

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  57. Such neat projects>Thanks so for sharing!Neat Giveaway too!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  58. I liked your example of how o use the 60 degree ruler to cut the hexigons. It just so happens that my LQS just called to let me know my Creative Grids 60 degree came in. Guess it's a sign that I need to make hexi's. Rina

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  59. thanks deb for showing us your clever idea for using the 60 degree ruler for making the hexies. it is great when we can use items we have for multiple purposes :) great tutorial! thanks for the generous give-a-way
    jecagain@gmail.com

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  60. Really good idea for a table topper for Christmas. Used that ruler for 2 projects and it has been idle since. Now Ai can put it to good use. Thanks!

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  61. I loved how you shared about using the 60degree ruler!! Thank you!! :) Also thanks for Tutorial (I LOOOOVE Hexie's too!)...and chance to win your Give-a-way! :D

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  62. Hi Debby,
    I love seeing how you cut the hexagons. I am a visual person and sometimes need to see things several times before they sink in! :) I never would have thought of folding the strip in half. Duh!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sandy A

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  63. I love the design. It's so different, the shape is fun. I also liked how you explained how to cut and create the top. Great post.

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  64. Beautiful project with beautiful fabric. I appreciate you showing the schematic...helps to figure out how it's done! Thanks for sharing your process.

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  65. I loved the hint on using the 60 degree ruler to make the hexagons!

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  66. I loved the hint on using the 60 degree ruler to make the hexagons!

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  67. WOW! Great tip using the ruler to make hexies. Can't wait to try it! robinsheloratearthlinkdotnet

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  68. Great photos on how to cut the hexagons. Easy to follow and what a great system!

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  69. I like this new way to use hexagons.

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  70. You made this look so easy. I am not usually a fan of hexagons but I like the way you approach them in your designs.

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  71. When I started reading this tutorial and got to the completed topper, I thought it looked like a kite--must just be the angle of the camera as when I got to the schematics, I saw it was a diamond. It made me go back and count the hexies in the completed topper. LOL.

    What amazed me most, was as I was reading through, was when I got to the completed Horizontal rows. I saw a big triangle and you can do a lot with triangles. My head started spinning with ideas although I don't know how I will ever pull them off. LOL.

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  72. I loved two things - it only takes a 5.5" strip, so there's lots of FQ left for something else! And I don't have to buy a new ruler I'll never use again! Thanks so much for this tutorial. This looks great, and I may be making a Christmas present or two as soon as I can dig out my Christmas fabrics. dezertsuz at gmail Thanks to Windham for the giveaway, too.

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  73. I really enjoy hexagons too! When I read your instructions to make a hexagon of any size, a lightbulb turned on in my head. It opens up the possibilities. jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. Hexis from a 60 ruler!? You just blew my mind and made my day at the same time!

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  75. Very cool table runner! Can you believe I've never made a hexie? I think I'm the only one on the planet that hasn't made one...yet! I'm so curious what you'll do with those panels for your grand daughter.

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  76. I like the math formula for cutting hexies.

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  77. Thank you for your tip for cutting hexagons. It has always seemed too hard & I have avoided them, but you make it seem easy.

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  78. I liked your tutorial on hexagons. I haven't tried to sew any. You have given me hope that I could succeed in sewing hexagons!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  79. Your post is very interesting ...I like learning more about hexagons. Sometimes, sewing different shapes scare me!

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  80. I like the pics you include of your process. I like the visuals and the easy way you made the hexagons. I so need a holiday table topper. thanks for the inspiration.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  81. I love the hexagons! And your visual aids and handouts are great, really helpful. It makes me excited for trying hexagons and something for Christmas!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  82. Fabulous tips and easy way to make hexies and make me to try do it.Thanks you.

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  83. Your tutorial was great. I think I have a triangle ruler that will work. Thanks for the instructions.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  84. I love the hint & explanation on how to use a 60 degree ruler to make hexies. Neato :)

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  85. I love the statement "Turning sixty means the joys of hex!"
    martisovitsd@central.edu

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  86. I love how easy you made a hex! Wow, makes me want to try those. I love little soft fabric books for the kids, so will be waiting to view yours...those panels are darling by the way.
    sewfabrics at outlook.com

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  87. What I love about this post. Learning a new technique and NO SET IN SEAMS! :) Great tutorial!

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  88. Thank you so much for this excellent tutorial on hexagons with NO Y seams. Even I can follow your instructions, I am so grateful.

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  89. Never saw anyone cut hexagons this way. Thank you for the tip!

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  90. LOL Since I just turned 50, I guess I need to do some work with pentagons? I love how you make fat quarters fun! quiltbeach@gmail.com

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  91. Finally out of the casts, braces and whatever from my hand surgery. So, on Sunday I cut my hexies and triangles. All excited, today I laid everything out and started sewing together. My hexies are not equal. I came in and did it on paper. Not equal. The top which we put on the 2 1/2 line is fine BUT the sides of the hexies are 2 3/4 which means my triangles do NOT fit. HELP. I am thinking the 5 1/4 bottom line should really be 5" OR the 2 1/2 top line should be something else. HELP!!! And, I have finished my Galaxy of Stars and would like to send a picture but I do not know how.

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